The Carlton Football Club is one of the traditional powerhouse teams in Australian footy. The Blues have won 16 VFL/AFL premierships – a record matched only by Essendon.
The last two decades or so have not been especially kind to Carlton. A series of salary cap breaches caught up with the club in 2002, sinking an already-struggling team into serious strife both on and off the field. Some ill-advised personnel changes have not helped (read Mick Malthouse), nor the emergence of the Gold Coast Suns and GWS Giants.
Things went from bad to worse in 2018 as the Blues finished bottom of the ladder with only two wins for the season. But with new recruits coming in and young guns such as Sam Walsh and Harry McKay starting to make their presence felt, not all hope is lost.
How far can the Blues go in the 2022 AFL Premiership season? Let’s see what the bookies have to say.
About the Carlton Football Club
|Home ground:||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Premierships:||16 – 1906, 1907, 1908, 1914, 1915, 1938, 1945, 1947, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1995|
|2021 ladder finish:||13th (8-14)|
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Updated Carlton futures odds
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|2022 Premiership||Make Finals||Brownlow Odds||Rising Star Odds||Coleman Odds|
|Mar||$34||$3.25||P Cripps $26||B Kemp $61||H McKay $3|
|Apr||$11||$1.40||P Cripps $5||B Kemp $151||H McKay $4.50|
|May||$17||$1.60||P Cripps $4.50||C Durdin $101||H McKay $6.50|
Best Carlton bets for the 2022 AFL season
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- Stranger things have happened, but not bloody often. The Blues are a team in transition and have a long way to go before they can be considered even an outside chance of winning their first flag since 1995. To paraphrase Obi Wan Kenobi, this is not the bet you are looking for.
- A flag might be out of the question, but things are looking up for the Blues. There is no doubting the club is on an upward trajectory, and with 2021 recruits Adam Saad and Zac Williams entering their second season with Carlton, they look primed for a tilt at the Top 8. If Harry McKay continues to progress onwards from his Coleman Medal winning season last year, then finals should be within reach for Carlton.
- Patrick Cripps has struggled in the last couple of years with niggling injuries, but he is always one to watch in the Brownlow Medal betting. Sam Walsh finished 4th in last year’s count polling a career-high 30 votes and despite most likely missing the first month of footy, the future Carlton captain will be sure to poll well upon his return.
- Harry McKay had the year we had all been waiting for in 2021. The bustling full-forward snagged 58 goals in 2021 and with another off-season under his belt he is sure to take his game to a whole new level. He is the favourite to take out consecutive Coleman Medal’s before a ball has been bounced, with $3 on offer from Sportsbet.
Carlton 2022 AFL fixture
|1||Richmond Tigers||MCG||Thursday, March 17||7:25pm|
|2||Western Bulldogs||Marvel Stadium||Thursday, March 24||7:20pm|
|3||Carlton Blues||MCG||Sunday, April 3||1:10pm|
|4||Gold Coast Suns||Metricon Stadium||Sunday, April 10||4:10pm|
|5||Port Adelaide Power||Adelaide Oval||Sunday, April 17||1:40pm|
|6||Fremantle Dockers||Optus Stadium||Saturday, April 23||5:40pm|
|7||North Melbourne Kangaroos||Marvel Stadium||Saturday, April 30||7:25pm|
|8||Adelaide Crows||Marvel Stadium||Sunday, May 8||4:40pm|
|9||GWS Giants||Giants Stadium||Sunday, May 15||3:20pm|
|10||Sydney Swans||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|15||Fremantle Dockers||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|16||St Kilda Saints||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|17||West Coast Eagles||Optus Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|19||GWS Giants||Marvel Stadium||TBC||TBC|
|20||Adelaide Crows||Adelaide Oval||TBC||TBC|
Carlton players to watch in 2022
The burden of captaincy has ruined many a young gun at this level, but Patrick Cripps looks like a natural fit for the role. He may have been down on is absolute best last year due to a couple of niggling injuries. However, he looks super fit coming into the 2022 season and if Cripps is anywhere near his best, then Carlton can be a genuine Top 8 chance this year.
Harry McKay is coming off a Coleman Medal-winning season, but he looks to be going to a whole new level entering his sixth year in the AFL. There are not many forwards who look like they can push towards 100 goals in a season, but H.McKay has the capabilities to kick big bags week in, week out.
Sam Walsh is already a superstar of the competition and he is only entering his fourth season in the AFL. He polled 30 votes in last year’s Brownlow Medal count and if he replicates that season alongside a fully-fit Patrick Cripps, this Carlton midfield is arguably one of the best midfield groups outside of the top four.
Carlton records, stats and history
- Most matches: 375 – Craig Bradley (1986-2002)
- Most career goals: 738 – Stephen Kernahan (1986-1997)
- Most goals in a season: 115 – Alex Jesaulenko (1970)
- Most goals in a match: 13 – Horrie Clover (vs. St Kilda, 1921)
- Best and fairest awards: 5 – John Nicholls (1959, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967)
- Most wins in a season: 20 (1995)
- Most consecutive wins: 18 (1995-96)
- Highest score in a match: 30.30.210 (vs. Hawthorn, 1969)
- Highest winning margin: 140 (vs. St Kilda, 1985)
- Highest home attendance: 91, 571 (vs. Essendon, 2000)
- The Carlton Football Club was founded in 1864 and soon emerged as one of the powerhouse teams on the Melbourne footy scene. It was a founding member of the Victorian Football Association and won the inaugural premiership in 1877. That success was fleeting, however, and the Blues were among the weakest teams around when the Victorian Football League commenced in 1897.
Fortunes changed when Jack Worrall was elected as club secretary in 1902. The former Test cricketer took an unprecedented hands-on approach with the playing group and led the Blues to three consecutive premierships from 1906 to ’08. Worrall is now widely regarded as the first-ever coach – and one of the greatest – in Aussie rules football.
The first 15 years of the 20th century were among the most successful in Carlton’s history. Whereas other teams ceased operations during the height of hostilities in Europe, the Blues carried on. They won the 1914 and 1915 flags for a total of five in the space of 10 years.
Although the years between the wars were light on premiership titles, Carlton remained one of the most competitive and popular teams in the VFL. It was during that time that two of the club’s first superstars emerged: Horrie Clover and ‘Soapy’ Vallence, who kicked over 1100 goals between them.
As the ’40s faded, so too did Carlton’s on-field presence. The team reached finals only four times between 1950 and 1964, when a boardroom shuffle led to one of the most famous acquisitions in Australian sporting history.
Ron Barassi had already played in six premierships for Melbourne when the Blues appointed him as captain-coach for the ’65 season. He led them to three consecutive VFL Grand Finals for two famous wins: against Essendon in 1968 and over Collingwood in the storied 1970 decider. This era produced some of the club’s greatest-ever players, including John Nicholls, Alex Jesaulenko, Robert Walls and Sergio Silvagni.
The rest of the ’70s are best remembered for near-misses and a revolving door of coaches. Happy days returned in the 1979 title match against the Pies, when Wayne Harmes teed up Ken Sheldon for one of the most famous goals in VFL history. They carried that form into the 1980s, winning flags in ’81, ’82 and ’87 to become the most successful club in Victoria.
The 1990s were tumultuous for a number of reasons. The arrival of a national competition also heralded the dismantling of traditional recruitment zones, meaning Carlton no longer had first dibs on top talents from the strong country leagues of Bendigo and the Victorian Goldfields. They won the 1995 premiership in between grand final defeats in ’93 and ’99, but that period was dogged by a culture of salary cap breaches and backroom dealings that culminated in severe penalties in 2002.
The Blues have never been the same since. Former captain Brett Ratten had them heading in the right direction and until the board replaced him with Mick Malthouse in 2012. That move proved disastrous at a time when the top draft picks were reserved for expansion clubs in Gold Coast and Sydney. Brendon Bolton took over as head coach in 2015 and began the slow, painful process of rebuilding a club from rock bottom.